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Bought a shop vac about 3-4 mos ago and while i was using it, it cut off and wont cut back on. This is the second shop vac that done this and I took the first one back and got this one and it did the same thing. It is a 12 gal. 4.5 peak hp.

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You **** up water the same way as dirt. It's designed this way, hence the name wet/dry. Just be sure not to get the water in the very top of the unit where the motor sucks the air for cooling ventilation, if water gets in there it can burn up the motor. A little hard way, personal experience, speaking there.

Posted on Jul 16, 2008

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I'm assuming you have a paper filter. If so, take it out to **** up water. The water will ruin the paper filter.Usually they will dry if you put it out to dry but there isn't any reason to keep it in the vac for water. Depending on what you are sucking up with it, if you are indoors especially, monitor the "blowing hole" when you start to make sure it is not throwing dirt out. If what you are sucking is mostly water then it should not do that.

Posted on Mar 15, 2009

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Don't use the paper filter for sucking water. It can ruin it. It will still be usable if you just set it out to dry but there is no reason to use it for water in my experience. I have a sears shop vac and it will fill up more than half full without ejecting the water.

Posted on Mar 15, 2009

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If you are going to use the wet vac to remove water, be sure to remove the bag inside the canister first. Also, some wet vacs have an internal float that has to be installed, but that may not be the case with yours.

Posted on May 16, 2009

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Hi, I know on my Craftsman shop vac 2 different sizes of vacs that I use, I try and stick to the craftsman filters, but you can use other brands if they are not available or you want to save some ( $ ) ? As far as a manual for this vac, more then likely you will have to go to the maker and distributor as Sears, O.C.Hardware also sell there products. You may have to go with a manual that is the same peak H.P.and gallons that covers all different makes and models. Filter wise, make sure you have the right ones on or off when using the wet or dry pick-up settings.
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Posted on Jan 23, 2010

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